“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Tofu and Edamame Stir-Fry with Thai Coconut Sauce

July 27, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Tofu and Edamame Stir-Fry with Thai Coconut Sauce. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Extra Firm Tofu, Quick Cooking Rice, Vegetable Oil, Quick Cooking Rice, Vegetable Oil, Ginger, Garlic, Frozen Edamame, Curry Powder, Thai Red Curry Paste, Cashews, Coconut Milk, Fish Sauce, Sugar, and Salt. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Tofu and Edamame Stir-Fry with Thai Coconut Sauce
Recipe Ingredients:

1 (14-ounce) package extra firm tofu, drained
2 cups quick cooking rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen edamame, shelled
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon Thai red curry paste
1/3 cup cashews
1 cup canned coconut milk
4 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – Set tofu on a plate and cover with a paper towel. Set another plate on top and let stand briefly to extract excess water.
2 – Transfer tofu to a cutting board and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
3 – Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package directions.
4 – Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over high heat. Add the tofu and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer tofu to a plate and reserve.
5 – Return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining oil. Stir in the ginger and garlic; cook 30 seconds.
6 – Add the edamame, stir fry and cook 5 minutes.
7 – Add the curry powder and curry paste; cook 1 minute, stirring.
8 – Add the tofu and cashews and cook 1 minute until hot.
9 – Stir in the coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.
10 – Serve over the rice.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 529; Total Fat: 33g; Saturated Fat: 14g; Total Carbs: 59g; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 19g.

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BISON CURRY

June 17, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | 1 Comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a Bison Curry. To make this delicious dish you’ll be needing Wild Idea Ground Buffalo, Olive Oil, Red Curry Paste, Water, Onion, Mini Red Peppers, Fish Sauce, Coconut Milk, Cilantro, Lemongrass Paste, Peanuts, Basil, and Jasmine Rice. One special Curry! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Ground Buffalo along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wide Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

The flavors in curry can take you to faraway places right in your own kitchen. This super easy recipe will have you on a culinary journey in a snap! Approved by Dan & Jill. 😉


1 – pound Ground Buffalo Meat
2 – tablespoons olive oil
3 – tablespoons red curry paste
3 – tablespoons water
1 – onion, chopped
5 – mini red peppers, sliced
2 – tablespoons fish sauce
1 – can coconut milk
½ – cup cilantro, chopped
2 – slices fresh ginger (or a pinch of ginger)
2 – teaspoons lemongrass paste
Chopped peanuts
Cilantro and/or fresh basil, chopped
Jasmine or Basmati rice


1 – In a heavy skillet or wok, over medium high heat add oil and crumble in the ground buffalo meat. Push around the pan occasionally to brown.
2 – Halfway through browning the meat, mix the curry paste with the water and drizzle over the meat.
3 – Add the chopped onion and stir to incorporate and continue to cook until the meat is nicely browned and onions are al dente.
4 – Add the sliced red peppers and stir to incorporate.
5 – Deglaze with the fish sauce, then add the coconut milk, lemongrass paste and ginger.
6 – Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until desired consistency is achieved. If curry gets too thick, add a little water.
7 – To serve, place a scoop of rice in the center of a bowl and add the curry. Garnish with chopped peanuts, cilantro and/or basil leaves.

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Conch Soup

May 30, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday Recipe is a Conch Soup. Some of the ingredients you’ll be using are Chicken Broth, Yucca, Carrots, Garlic, Serrano Chile, Conch Meat, Coconut Milk, Spices, and more! Soups on! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Conch Soup
This creamy soup, laden with chunks of succulent conch meat and vegetables, is a Honduran specialty from the Caribbean coast and is flavored with coconut milk, cumin, cilantro, garlic, ginger, and chiles.

Fresh conch should have a sweet, not fishy, aroma. The tough flesh is usually tenderized by long, slow cooking, parboiling, or pounding, as in this recipe. If conch meat is unavailable, substitute an equal amount of scallops, clams, or any sweet shellfish.

Recipe Ingredients:
6 cups chicken broth
3/4 pound yucca, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (14.5-ounce) can low-sodium diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 serrano chile or other chile of choice, finely chopped (more or less to taste)
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 pound conch meat, cut into small pieces and pounded or scallops, clams or any sweet shellfish
1 (12-ounce) can NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Cooking Directions:
1 – Place chicken stock, yucca and carrots in large saucepan on high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add onion and tomatoes; cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
2 – Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add garlic, chiles and ginger; cook for 1 minute or until garlic turns translucent. Add conch meat; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add conch mixture to saucepan. Stir in evaporated milk, coconut milk, salt, black pepper and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro and serve.
Makes 10 (about 1 cup) servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/10 of recipe): Calories: 360 Calories from Fat: 120 Total Fat: 13 g Saturated Fat: 10 g Cholesterol: 15 mg Sodium: 860 mg Carbohydrates: 25 g Dietary Fiber: 10 g Sugars: 9 g Protein: 32 g.


December 28, 2017 at 6:27 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) we have a recipe for BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE TRUFFLES. The recipe is made with a lot of the ingridients which can be purchased at the Nuts website (https://nuts.com/). Ingredients include; coconut milk, cacao butter, maple syrup or honey, and blueberry powder to name a few. So check out the Nuts website for recipes and all the healthy and delicious items they carry. You can choose from items; GIFTS, NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and more!. Plus there’s FREE shipping on orders over $59, see for details. On to the recipe for the BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE TRUFFLES. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018.


This blueberry cheesecake truffles recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by the talented Anya Kassoff and Masha Davydova. This mother daughter team share their ideas about tasty and nourishing cooking on their website, Golubka Kitchen.
These blueberry cheesecake truffles are as decadent as they get, as well as vegan and made entirely of whole foods that are as good for you as they are delicious. Cashews, cacao and coconut butters yield their richness to these truffles and create a heavenly, buttery texture, while being amazing sources of healthy fat.
The blueberry powder that colors these treats a stunning purple is a great option for satisfying an out-of-season blueberry craving. It’s made of freeze-dried blueberries and retains many of the antioxidants and vitamins found in fresh blueberries, and tastes delicious to boot.
These truffles are sweetened with your choice of maple syrup or honey and get their characteristic, tart cheesecake flavor from the addition of fresh lemon juice and zest – all ingredients that we can stand behind for this indulgent yet wholesome treat.

Blueberry Cheesecake Truffles

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 30 truffles

Blueberry Cheesecake Truffles

fat from one 13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk (see note)
1 1/2 cups (about 120 g) organic raw cacao butter – shredded or chopped
1 cup coconut butter/manna
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup raw cashews – soaked in purified water for 4 hours
juice from 3 organic lemons
zest from 1 organic lemon
pinch sea salt
3 tablespoons blueberry powder – divided
desiccated coconut – for coating


1 – Combine the coconut fat, cacao butter and coconut butter in a medium saucepan. Gently melt over very low heat, whisking until all the butters are incorporated into an even mixture. Add in the maple syrup or honey and whisk to combine until smooth.
2 – Drain and rinse the cashews and combine them with the lemon juice in an upright blender until smooth. Add the zest and salt and pulse to incorporate.
3 – Whisk the cashew mixture into the melted butters until fully combined. Evenly distribute the mixture between two medium bowls. Add 1 tablespoon of blueberry powder to one of the bowls and whisk to combine. Cover both bowls and place into the refrigerator until the mixtures are set, but still scoopable, about 1-2 hours.
4 – Prepare a large, parchment paper-covered tray or cutting board, along with two small bowls filled with the remaining 2 tablespoons of blueberry powder and desiccated coconut. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the truffle mixture at a time, rolling it into a ball between the palms of your hands. Roll each truffle in the desiccated coconut or blueberry powder (I rolled the white truffles in blueberry powder and the purple ones in desiccated coconut) and place onto the prepared tray. Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.

To get the fat to separate from the water in a can of full-fat coconut milk, place the jar into the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. All the fat should accumulate and harden at the top of the can.


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July 6, 2017 at 5:13 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its a recipe for MANGO W/SWEET WHITE RICE. You can purchase 3 of the ingredients at the Nuts site; Coconut Milk, Sea Salt Sea Salt, and Sweet White Rice Sweet White Rice. You can also choose from items like NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and GIFTS. Most items can be purchased in small amounts or in bulk. Plus there’s Everyday Free Shipping, see for details. Also don’t forget to check out all the delicious and healthy recipes. Now on to the recipe for MANGO W/SWEET WHITE RICE. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! https://nuts.com/





Recipe Ingredients:
3 to 4 Ripe Mangoes, chilled
3 cups Sweet White Rice
1 cup Coconut Milk
2 to 4 tbsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Cooking Directions:
1. Rinse mangoes and chill them whole. Peel and slice mangoes just before serving to keep them fresh.

2. In a saucepan, combine sticky rice and coconut milk and cook in medium heat for 5 minutes or until thick. Stir in sugar and salt. The amount of sugar depends on the sweetness of the mangoes. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for two minutes.

3. Serve warm on a platter with chilled mango slices arranged around the edge.

4. Makes 6 servings.

Coconut Milk
This full-fat coconut milk can be used for making cakes, candies, cookies, ice cream, coconut jam (kaya), curries, and other preparations where coconut milk is required.

Sea Salt Sea Salt
Fine grain sea salt is obtained by the evaporation of sea water. Known for its great taste and texture, it is the perfect substitute for plain table salt.

Sweet White Rice
Sweet White Rice, often referred to as dessert sushi rice because of its slightly sweet flavor and sticky texture, is ideal for forming sushi or making rice pudding.


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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Salted Coconut Caramel

May 4, 2015 at 5:15 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday, PBS | Leave a comment
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From the PBS website it’s this week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Salted Coconut Caramel. Love this site, so many recipes and great ideas! http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/

Salted Coconut Caramel

Swap out butter for coconut milk for a vegan version of Salted Coconut Caramel. Drizzle it over your favorite desserts.
Yield: Makes 1 1/4 cups caramelPBS3

1 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15-ounce) can of full-fat coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 – To a medium sauté pan, add the brown sugar. Add the vanilla bean (or extract) to the sugar and pour in the coconut milk. Turn the heat to medium and allow the mixture to reach a gentle boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
2 – Using a spoon, skim off any of the extra coconut fat that may be on the surface. If you want, you can even run the caramel through a sieve. (I did this extra step and didn’t regret it.) Mix in the salt and transfer to container to cool. The caramel will thicken as it cools. Store in the fridge. Just keep in mind that it needs to be reheated when it comes out of the fridge so it has that silky smooth texture again.



SO Delicious Dairy Free Minis Vanilla Sandwiches

November 2, 2014 at 6:49 AM | Posted in dessert | Leave a comment
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Came across these a while back and really enjoy them, SO Delicious Dairy Free Minis Vanilla Sandwiches. Just a fantastic flavor and only 80 calories and 12 net carbs. They have several different varieties. I can find them at our local Kroger Store in the Frozen Food – Ice Cream section. If you get a chance give them a try!



SO Delicious Dairy Free Minis Vanilla Sandwiches

coconut vanilla minis


The perfect snack size treat that you can feel good about eating. With an agave sweetened center, our So Delicious made with Coconut Milk, Vanilla Sandwich Minis are the perfect snack.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Sandwich (37g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.5g 5%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugar 7g
Protein 1g

Jackfruit Curry with Bell Peppers, Cashews, and Lime Leaf

December 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM | Posted in baking, diabetes, Food, fruits | Leave a comment
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This Jackfruit Curry Recipe is exotically delicious, and makes for a fantastic vegetarian or vegan main dish. Green jackfruit (purchased frozen or canned) is remarkably similar to chicken in consistency, and is even referred to as “vegetable meat” in many parts of Southeast-Asia. In Thailand, fresh jackfruit (“khanun”) can be seen in the marketplaces (a prickly-looking fruit similar to durian), as well as in its dried form. Jackfruit is very healthy, loaded with numerous vitamins and minerals, plus isoflavones, phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants.
From about.com  http://www.about.com/#!/editors-picks/


1 package frozen jackfruit, preferably unripe/green, OR 1 can prepared jackfruit in brine (not syrup), drained
1 small to medium cooking onion, cut into eighths (wedge-like pieces)
1 green bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped/sliced
1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped/sliced
3/4 cup dry roasted (unsalted) cashews
1/3 to 1/2 can coconut milk (depending on how much sauce you prefer)
generous handful of fresh basil for garnish
2 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying
3-4 Tbsp. white wine (or white cooking wine) for stir-frying
3 spring onions, sliced
1 fresh red chili (or more if you want it ultra spicy)
4-5 whole lime leaves, fresh or frozen (available in the produce or freezer section of most Asian/Chinese food stores)
4 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. lemon or lime juice
2 Tbsp. vegetarian fish sauce (or regular fish sauce if non-vegetarian), available at Vietnamese stores
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
2 Tbsp. coconut, canola, olive, or other healthy, good-tasting oil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
optional: 1 tsp. dark soy sauce (available at Asian/Chinese food stores)
1 tsp. sugar


First, prepare the curry paste. Place all paste ingredients together in a food processor or mini-chopper and process well. OR you can pound the dry ingredients together using a pestle & mortar, then add wet ingredients to combine. If you do not have these implements: Simply mince dry ingredients finely by hand, then stir to combine them with wet ingredients in a small bowl.Lime Leaf Tip: Prepare the lime leaves using scissors to cut out (and discard) the hard central stem. If lime leaves are frozen, you can quickly thaw them by running under some hot water. Set paste aside.
Cut jackfruit into desired bite size, either in strips or cubes/chunks (as you would with chicken). Set aside.
Place 2 Tbsp. oil in a wok or deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and stir-fry 2-3 minutes. Add a little of the wine (1/2 to 1 Tbsp. at a time) instead of more oil whenever wok/pan becomes dry.
Add the bell peppers. If using green jackfruit, add it now as well. Continue stir-frying another 2-3 minutes, or until peppers have softened and turned bright in color. Again, add a little wine when wok/pan becomes dry to keep ingredients frying nicely.
Add the paste you made earlier, plus the coconut milk (start by adding 1/3 can). If using ripe (unsweetened) jackfruit, add it now as well. Stir well to combine.
Reduce heat to medium-low, allowing curry to gently simmer 2-3 minutes, or until ingredients are nicely cooked, but not overcooked (bell peppers should still retain their firmness and color). Tip: Try not to overcook this curry, or you will lose the fragrance and taste of the paste. When done, the green jackfruit should shred easily (like chicken). If using ripe, unsweetened jackfruit, it should be soft (but not mushy) in texture.
Just before serving, add the cashews, gently stirring them in. Now do a taste-test, looking for a balance of salty, sour, sweet and spicy. If not salty enough, add more [vegetarian] fish sauce, soy sauce, or a little salt. If too salty for your taste, add another squeeze of lime/lemon juice. If not spicy enough, add more fresh chili. If too spicy (or if you prefer more sauce), add a little more coconut milk. Add a little more sugar if too sour.
To serve, either portion out in bowls or on plates, or ladle the curry into a serving dish. Sprinkle with generous amounts of fresh basil, and serve with plenty of Thai jasmine-scented rice. ENJOY!


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